Page 1 of 14
Remebol
Always Sleepy
Join date: Jun 2004
206 IQ
#1
Hopefully this thread will give a lot of background about every one here and ppl can learn from other ppl and how ppl got to where they are today. Write your musical experiences as told over the years in the format year 1 - i did this year 2- i picked up this... year 3 i joined my first band etc...

honestly this is how my guitar life went

first year of playing

i started when i was 14 years old and my friends wanted to make a band and i wanted to find some way to get into this band. i picked up lessons, learned basic sheet music and knew the notes from fret 1-5. i played stupid little songs like surfing usa. My brother whos been playing for over a decade told me to learn master of puppets as an attempt to get better. when school started i stopped playing guitar and played soccer. With out noticing tho i practiced master of puppets intro for that entire year then all of a sudden i mastered the intro to master of puppets and my friends reallized my potiental

year 2
i started getting cocky and i started learning new songs like cow boys from hell and other stuff. I learned little licks all over the place and i didnt know much of what i was doing. When summer started i picked up heavy studying in music theory and devoted my time to it. That summer i quickly moved through the pentatonic scale and learnign about keys and major scales. when school started all i could think about was learning theory. I became even more cocky thinking only my was the best way to think. I thought that if ppl played music and didnt know music theory, that they were retarded and didnt deserve to be even called a musician or a songwriter. My practice was the only thing i had on my mind and i would practice 5 hours a day. One day iremember i practiced for 10, and even 12 hours!! I learned quickly through what my guitar teacher tought me and i noticed my self getting better and better by the days and at this point i was this cocky kid that was a sophmore in high school that was trying to take down the world at once.

Year 3

all this time i was a devote metal head and i thought metal was the only way to go. But half way through year 3 all of this changed. I was tired of argueing about music, i felt like something was wrong about the way i was thinking about music. It was like all this pointless anger i had about ppl for no reason and i didnt understand why i was doing it. I started to chill out on the subject of music and started to hang out with my friends more and listen to their music like the blood hound gang and stuff. I realized theres another flip side to music. Its all about having fun and expressing yourself. Ppl have always told me these words but finally it actualy had an impact on me. Its like the entire world made sense to me on the spot and i was finally able to play guitar in peace and not for other ppl to show off, but to just play for my self and make songs only for my self.

Year 4
I realized how good i was at this point. I realized i blow people away with my playing , as well as make it sound sweet and full of texture that pleased my ear as well as others. I only played what i wanted to hear and it helped me create songs and compose solos. I am reflected on my past and i was very happy with my progress with guitar as well as the mentallity change i expierenced. I wish every body else could live through what i lived through on my 3 year of playing becuase it would help every one in the world understand why music is music. Music is art through sound, thats all it is. you will always have ppl that dont have musical experience listen to music and see it from that perspective, then ppl with music experience and see it from that perspective. Still today i can not imagine why ppl like immature sounding boys crying into the microphone and calling it music and getting away with it and have half the nation like it, but i guess that is one perspective i will never see.

Year 5

I am 18 years old and this is where i am now, i am getting into college, my band which i started in the middle of year 4 may or may not make it past the start of college since the drummer and the bassists are going to far away colleges and are carless. I dont know what im in for this year but i figured i will still make songs that i like to hear and keep experiementing with touch harmonics and cool stuff like the effects that are onboard my amplifier. Maybe one day ill get a guitar with a whammy bar and that will keep me occupied for a while. At this point i have no idea whats instore for me.


hope fully my story will help ppl who once thought like me or are in that stage of transition.
meow :3
Last edited by Remebol at Jul 15, 2006,
Heyfredyourhat
UGs official painter
Join date: Oct 2005
168 IQ
#2
wow thats long......


k for me nice and short

age 14 some kid on bus played hotel california....
age15 borrowed parents friends guitar..it sat in corner for a year
age 20 went to trade school, friend played guitar, i bought pawn shop special, started playing simple nirvana......played rythm for 4 years
NOW 24 starting to play more lead stuff


Still have same passion and desire now as i did when i was 14
Slowhand 03/23/07
The UG Eric Clapton Fan Club

PM clapton-floyd to join
redwing_suck
Official UG "Do It" Ref
Join date: Apr 2002
4,054 IQ
#3
I'm considering stickying this...
Looking for my India/Django.
Remebol
Always Sleepy
Join date: Jun 2004
206 IQ
#4
^_^ im glad you like it red, i wasnt even sure if this was the right forum at first. Remeber when you post your Biography, just be honest with your self and who u became and what happened through the years.
meow :3
kev_dunn
fun in the sun
Join date: Jun 2006
33 IQ
#5
it started when i was about 10 years old. i picked up my dads Epiphone Texan acoustic guitar and a simple method book. i did this on and off until i was 13 when, for my birthday, i got an Epiphone Les Paul Special and a small 8W amp. i think this is when i started getting serious. however, i only knew the stuff i learned on acoustic (which was just simple chords.) i continued by learning more chords and a few songs. "Sunshine of Your Love " by Cream was the first tab i learned if memory serves me correctly. although i didnt know much about the instrument, i joined a band with other guys who didnt know much about their instruments. since the other guitarist knew less than i did, he played lead because he didnt know any chords. so i learned more chords..major, minor, 7th...anything really. i started taking lessons that summer. i learned how to read sheet music and the basis for improvising and riff writing. now thats when i started to consider myself decent at playing. i went home and played around with the pentonic scale for hours a day. i learned how to improvise pretty well. one night when i was 14 my dad was watching a dvd of Eric Clapton playing Robert Johnson songs. this is when i was first introduced to my first love. Blues. to this day i consider Clapton to be my main influence as a musician. since then, ive gotten into more acoustic based music such as Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, ect. Im currently 15 and play blues, jazz, folk, and classic rock.

yep..i think that about does it.
PM me for
yawn
Be back later.
Join date: Sep 2005
2,701 IQ
#6
Uh...I picked up the guitar and rocked out


I'd be more in-depth but I have a really bad memory.
Last edited by yawn at Jul 14, 2006,
quinny1089
Registered User
Join date: Feb 2004
61 IQ
#7
bloody hell how have you got suck a good memory,

all i can remember in my guitar past is at some point i developed a Slash obsession and learnt the whole of appetite and the GNR greatest hits, and Live album, and Contraband, this really increased my soloing skill...n then i found Stone temple pilots via Scott weiland from velvet revolver, and i got obsessed with them for a while....

somewhere along the line i did my grade 3 and grade five exams, which taught me scales and the basics of modes, which i then learnt all about myself....

and then i dont remember much until i started liking grunge like PJ, Soundgarden, and more recently (like the last 1-2 months) AIC, n then in the last year i got into playin more metal and metalcore stuff like Pantera, metallica n trivium....n i got Rust in Piece by Megadeth, and via Hangar 18 introduced me to sweep picking...

n ive bin in a band for a few years, but only serious in the last 7-8 months, now we r regularly gigging, a couple of times a week usually, and weve released a demo, which is ok guitarwise i suppose, but i wish i coud re-record all the solos because my skills have improved vastly in the last few months....

In september im goin to college to study music and music tech along with 2 other subjects, i plan to try to join the jazz band and other bands that are there like the choir band etc...which will hopefully improve my playing and open up different playing styles for me...

and thats basically it
TylerAOH&A7X
play guitar!!
Join date: Jun 2006
68 IQ
#8
umm...yea i bought my guitar from my bro over 2 years ago, it was a Silvertone Strat...and i thot it was really crappy...soo i got pretty ok at the instrument listening to GNR and Joe Satriani and stuff....then i got obsessed with tone, and i got into Eric Johnson and played alot of his stuff, and eventually, after jamming for over 2 years of playing, i just developed my own style from all the ones i was interested in....now im in a band called Assembly of Hearts, and im inspired by bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, Trivium, Bullet for my Valentine, Pantera, Between the Buried and Me, etc...and if theres any advice id give out to anyone at all, id say dont give up...and please, actually go with wat sounds good to YOU, and dont try to please anyone else, like dont write something and think its not good enuff for your friends, just follow your musical ear...good luck
PLAY GUITAR!!!!
kirbyrocknroll
UG's Cannons King
Join date: Dec 2005
2,342 IQ
#9
When I was 11, I was helping clean the drawers in my house. As I opened a drawer, I saw a book that my sister's friend had given to my sister for some odd reason. "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Guitar".

At that instant, all the music I ever heard (usually pop and some RHCP ) flooded through my head. I thought, what the Hell, I'll give it a shot! The next time I passed by my cousin's house, I asked to borrow one of their half-sized nylon string classical guitars after notcing that my dad's full sized acoustic was too big for me.

It was great, I started coming here for tabs and lurked the forums, picking up some useful tips. I searched the forums for advice on full/half/three-fourth sized guitars and found nothing. So I stuck with the small classical guitar playing Drowning Pool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and learning stuff from that book I mentioned earlier. I spent all day playing with that thing. I sometimes played with my sister, who temporarily picked up my dad's acoustic

I wanted to play a Rob Zombie tune, but I had to tune to drop C. I looked up a guide on how to do that and was unsuccessful. I tuned the guitar so badly that I thought it was out of tune for good

I started to learn on my dad's big acoustic in a month or two. It took a while to get used to. then around Christmas of 2004, my dad gave me some sort of talk, one that I don't remember much of, but whatever it was, it really discouraged me from playing guitar. I think it was about how I wasn't playing well, or how I was playing Metal on an acoustic guitar, and my dad doesn't like heavy metal and rock music.

I stopped playing guitar for about 7 months. Then I, one day, saw that acoustic guitar in the corner of the room when I was alone upstairs. I thought "What the Heck...?" and I picked it up and played Ode to Joy. The magic of guitar had enchanted me again ( ) and I began to learn again.

My 13th birthday was nearing and I wanted to get an electroc guitar to better suit my style of playing. My mom said it was up to my dad. I asked him if I could use my money to buy an electric guitar for my birthday. He said no and talked about rollerblading, hockey, and skateboarding (all activities that I had previously given up after starting). He said that I would probably not stick with guitar anyway I started to cry because I had been saving up since I started playing the acoustic again. I held back the tears, but my parents obviously saw the redness in my eyes.

Later that day, my dad saw me in my room playing my acoustic along to the songs Seek and Destroy, Jump in the Fire, and Motorbreath (All by Metallica). It turns out my dad was watching my do this and he then asked me if I wanted to go to our local guitar store to look at guitars. I said "No" since that would only make me want a guitar more.

I somehow found out that there was going to be a Labor Day sale at Guitar Center. I asked if we could go and my parents said yes. I chose a Squier Strat Pak, which came with cables, strings, guitar, amp, etc..

and here I am today, learning more music theory and working on my technique and writing abilities constantly. I started the Electric guitar one year ago in one month (August )

This was long and you should only read this if you are bored Sorry for the length!

Last edited by kirbyrocknroll at Jul 14, 2006,
gpb0216
Musician
Join date: Apr 2005
200 IQ
#10
My mom says I was picking out tunes on the piano at around four or five. I took piano lessons for several years. My parents gave me a cheap acoustic guitar for Christmas in 1963 and I was off and running. Back then we had vinyl records and cheap turntables that spun at 33 1/3 and 16. My best buddy H.P. and I would listen to the Beatles at 16 rpm until we figured out what they were doing. I'm sure my mother thought we were retarded for listening to those records at half speed for hours on end. We learned the songs, though, and that's what mattered.

H.P. and I put together our first band when we were about 13, I guess. We were hot! I played an old Gibson Melody Maker and a Farfisa mini-compact organ through a Vox amp with one blown speaker. H.P. played bass, Darryl played rhythm guitar, and the little squirt across the street turned out to be a really good drummer.

One freebie gig after another turned into some paying gigs at just about the time we were old enough to drive, which was a good thing because my mom was sick of being the band taxi.

We stayed together through high school. After graduation I played in bar bands while at the University of Georgia in Athens and all over Atlanta.

When my long-time girlfriend dumped me in 1975 I joined the Navy as an electronics technician. I saw an ad in the base newspaper saying the Navy music program was looking for guitarists. I auditioned, was accepted and graduated from the Armed Forces School of Music as the top musician in my class in August, 1976.

The Navy sent me to the fleet where I played lead guitar with the Atlantic Fleet Rock Band. We toured all over the eastern U.S., the Caribbean and Europe. I mustered out at the end of my enlistment in 1980.

After the Navy I went to college on the G.I. Bill, pursuing a degree in piano performance.

Now, at 53, I teach guitar and piano privately in Madison, a suburb of Huntsville, Alabama. If you're ever in or near Huntsville look me up (G. Patrick Bryant) and we'll have a beer and play some guitar.

Thanks for reading a geezer's story.

All the best,
gpb

p.s. - here's my guitar. I play through a Marshall DSL 401 driving an ancient (I mean really old) Fender cab. It sounds good to me.
All things are difficult before they are easy.
- Dr. Thomas Fuller (British physician, 1654-1734)
Quote by Freepower
For everything you need to know - gpb0216.
Last edited by gpb0216 at Jul 15, 2006,
-jeff-
Registered User
Join date: Jun 2006
169 IQ
#11
Well, I havent been playing for long but ill give it a go.

When I was 4 or 5 years old, my grandparents sent over a ukele size yamaha nylon acoustic for me for christmas. I was more interested in other toys, so i kinda ignored it for 7 years as my dad( also guitarplayer) played it for 15 minutes or so everdy.

When I was 13 and about to turn fourteen, I was at a rich friends party, and we went into a kinda rec room at his huge house, with a ping pong table a junk. Sitting in the corner was a standerd strat, and a glorios Gibson les paul of some sort, with some expensive amp and effect stuff that i was too gear illiterat to understand. I just picked up the strat to mess around with, because i always thought electric guitar was cool. Later that night, I grabbed the nylon astring and learnt my first basic chords, then my first song, Louie Louie.

We moved from florida to michigan about a month later, and for about 6 months i practiced on the little acoustic, dreaming and reading up on electric guitar stuff, and learnt basic chord songs from my dad. For my birthday my dad took me out to guitar center and told me I can choose any guitar under 175$$. I chose a squiere tele because I loved the neck and the super twangy tone from the bridge PU and the warm full sound of the neck pickup. This is when I started to get serios about guitar.

Started learning barre and power chords, and learnt my first leads from "Smells like teen spirit " by nirvanaand "cant buy me love" by the beatles. Learnt about scales, although my technical skills didnt let me do any good guitarmenship.

Later that year, after practicing alot, I got pretty good technically and learnt how to do some crappy improv with pentatonics, and more solos and songs, and learnt about keys and chord grips and 7th and diminished chords and stuff. Discoverd blues guitar.

Went into a blues/classic rock phase, got good at pentatonics

After this i started to realy explore many differnt kinds of music. I got into pink floyd, queen, and boston. I liked heavier guitar parts. Blues started to get a little boring but i still like it. I started to learn way more theory and scales. My soloing got very touch sensative and my vibrato and bends got realy good.

After this went into a dream theater phase, i stll love them. Tried to learn some of their songs, realized i suck at guitar lol

I started to practice alot during the last summer and begging of school, and started getting into metallica and slayer, and i learned MoP and raining blood. These taught me how play alot faster and i started to learn more metal songs. I then discovered opeth, and how they combine extreme metal with amazing song structure and solos. My guitar playing increased dramatically, and i learned the fretboard well. I learned to alternate pick well, opposed to before were instead of very strict i would sometimes do to up or down strums in a row. I then discovered children of bodom, in flames, arch enemy, and other metal bands. Now i love metal, pink floyd, prog , queen, and i hope to bend these influences into my own style. I can play pretty well now. I want to learn sweep picking, and develop my style.

After i went through this metal "phase" i guess, i started listening to old bands i love so much like zeppelin, elo, and boston, the police, as well as smashing pumpkins, pixies and other similar bands. Pink floyd is still no.1 for me, and combinnig all these styles has gotten me a signature stlye, and my solos and improv sound pretty original finally. metal got my technical skills good, and the bands i love made my sound, whatever genre they may be. im working on writing a short, album, nothing too amgbitous.---------------------3yrs since starting.

All about the pixies now. ----------------3.5years
Last edited by -jeff- at Aug 14, 2008,
Night_Lights
I've been here too long
Join date: Jan 2005
863 IQ
#12
got my guitar (strat)

2 years later, learnt my first chords

Got serious about guitar

Some time passed

Here i am now.
Youtube covers

[url="http://www.youtube.com/user/MrJumboHumbo[/URL"]
psychodelia
Defensive Specialist
Join date: Feb 2004
2,298 IQ
#13
Pre-Guitar

I began learning piano in the second grade. I took lessons for several years, without learning much theory unfortunately.

At my friend's house, I picked up his unused guitar and started working out black sabbath songs for myself, thinking, "This is easy!" (what an unfortunate statement )

Bass

I got a bass in the summer before grade 8. I decided that since there were so many guitarists out there, I'd be a little different. My early bass years were mostly spent on Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. I joined the school jazz band, learned the notes on a bass, and then...

Guitar, Year One

..got my first guitar! A crappy acoustic, but it did the job. My first few songs were Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" and Randy Rhoads' "Dee". I start picking my way through the Tribute album, and I get enough money for a Strat in the summer.

Hendrix becomes a big influence in the second half of this year, and I start developing a rhythm style loosely based on his.

Guitar, Year Two

Randy Rhoads is still a big influence. I start also working on EVH-style playing. Got a new Schecter and I'm spending lots of time learning the basics of theory and reading music for guitar. Still not too much direction. Most of my time is spent writing prog and pop-rock pieces instead of practicing technique.

Guitar, Year Three

Duane Allman has finally influenced me to take a serious interest in slide guitar. I begin mixing in a lot more fingerpicking. Practicing is still fun, but it is more focused, with more emphasis on proper technique. The influences are now including the likes of Paul Gilbert and Eric Johnson. Tone is now more of a serious concern. While I am not amazing, I have finally gotten to the level where I can take the lead role in a band, and I do so in two bands. My co-lead player in one band has especially inspired me to improve, and to try finding my voice on guitar.

I also begin playing some classical, and now with my technique, I can finally record some of my earlier writings and try bringing them to life.


This is my current stage of developement, with each stage being more productive than the last. Hopefully that trend continues...
(Slightly outdated) Electronic and classical compositions by m'self: Check 'em out
Clownmite
Registered Loser
Join date: Oct 2005
1,026 IQ
#14
My parents got me a crappy acoustic guitar for Christmas in my first year of high school. After a few months, I got a teacher who taught me a couple chords and lots of blues stuff. We'd spend time "jamming" to blues and blues-rock songs every week (I'm really bad at improvising). I kept the guitar teacher for a few years until I got a job/had to pay for car insurance, which was last november (my last year of high school). I've always played lots of rythm but rarely any lead. Finally, this summer I learned a few solos, that I'm still working on being able to play full speed. I'm also trying to memorize the fretboard to try to improve my non-existant improvising skills.
cubs
x
Join date: Jun 2006
3,949 IQ
#15
when i was in 7th grade, guitar was offered as an elective so i decided to take that class, anyways my dad bought me a cheap mexican classical guitar, so i started playing but, then i realize that i wasnt learning anything about guitar at school (everyone just fooled around) so i decided to teach my self how to read tablature and learn a few songs, so i learned a some songs like jingle bells and that kind of songs (it was around christmas time) and i played in a talent show type of thing, by the end of the year. When i finished the school year i got serious about it, and for my birthday my dad gave me a yamaha classical guitar (its good, actually), and i got more serious then i played for a while blah blah, i started learning harder songs like capricho arabe then after i graduated from 8th grade my family decided to go back to mexico so we did, and when we got there, after a few weeks i found my older brother's squier, and i fell in love with it (i didnt know much about electrics guitars back then). so here i am learning to play electric guitar on a squier, when i get better at it i'll buy a nice guitar . So yeah thats it.

Edit: i forgot a few things like: learning music theory and taking lessons but, im too lazy to post them.
Nyne
Registered User
Join date: Apr 2006
296 IQ
#18
Year 1:
I think this was when I was around 12 or 13 and I had got a cheap acoustic for christmas. It was horrible and I knew nothing about guitar and wasn't really interested with that guitar. It collected dust for about a year...

Year 2:
...and then when I was 14 I went on a trip and stayed at my cousins and her son was a guitar player. I saw his acoustics while I was staying there, and then he showed me his electric. He showed me how to play some System of a Down on the electric and I practiced it over and over that night. When I got back home I started playing on my acoustic. I'd pretty much just learn one thing, or one part of a song and repeat it over and over again.

Year 3:
On my 15th birthday, my dad bought a second-hand electric guitar off of my sisters friend for me. It was some kind of peavey strat, it wasn't very good. He included an amp with it, a hard shell case, picks, and a cable for $175. I started playing System of a Down tabs on that guitar a lot. That's pretty much all I'd play. Later in the year I had gotten a job and eventually saved up $300 to buy a guitar I had my eye on. It is the guitar I still have sadly, and it's a Ibanez RG170. I started playing like crazy when I got this guitar. I would play stuff like A Perfect Circle, Tool, System of a Down, stuff like that.

Year 4:
So after I turned 16 I started learning theory like mad and began writing a lot more of my own stuff. I started to force myself to attempt learning complete albums all the way through. I recently formed a band with the guy my dad bought the guitar off of for my 15th birthday. For now I've pretty much stopped learning theory and am seeing what I can do by ear. I write quite a bit both guitar and lyrics and pitch ideas to the band etc.
Gear:
Black Ibanez RG170
Line 6 Spider II 112
Genius Mind
Pantera2589
...
Join date: Jun 2005
856 IQ
#19
-When I was six my dad came home with a Hohner acoustic guitar. I would play every note 3 times fast working my way down the neck to the next string the first day I got it. Then I thought why not try a real song DUH. So I learned Sublime "What I Got" and Metallica "Nothing Else Matters". Then I would watch MTV and TRY to play what they were playing. Then after a couple of months passed and I stopped and just played Sports.

-My 8th grade year I started again after a long time without guitar. So since I heard my High School had Guitar Class I had to practice guitar. So I studied my butt off learning Chords and Power Chords. I would play the chords and try to remember them.

-My 9th grade year came and I was in Guitar Class YEA!!!! I learned all the notes up to the 5th fret. I learned a few chords. And some scales. I learned how to carefully maintain your guitar. And I learned the basics of Classical guitar. Then I got my first electric. Epiphone Les Paul Special with amp and accesories.

-Summer. I just played my guitar. I had nothing my friends ditched me to go skate and with their new friends, and my family works all day. So I found out about UG. And started using tabs instead of playing by ear. I learned almost every single Metallica (Rhythm) song they had. Since I was getting into Rhythm alot I learned Megadeth, Pantera, Guns&Roses, and Van Halen. Then once I heard Van Halen solos I told myself Lead here I come. I learned alot of Van Halen and then I found out about the SHREDDERS!! Vai, Satriani, Malmsteen, Johnson, Petrucci and BUCKETHEAD!! And so again I studied my butt off to learn what they knew which was THEORY and TECHNIQUES. I became a SPEED DEMON. I learned Pinch Harmonics, Tapping, 2-Handed Tapping, etc. And since I listened to Buckethead and Tom Morello they made me experiment with CREATIVITY.

-10th grade year I was the quite guy in my class this time. In the corner reading articles about my heros and still learning about what made them tick. The loner in the class playing only to my ears could hear. While everyone was learning HxC songs. Everyone thinking this one guy is GOD becasue he can play As I Lay Dying perfect with the tone also. And my guitar teacher always talking about why copy everyones music rather than make your own? So since I knew techniques I said Why not I'll give it a try. So I sat in my room messing around trying to make songs to only myself can hear. Then I grew up and listned to more genres rather than metal. I learned styles like Ska, JAZZ, BLUES, etc... Jazz was my favorite genre because everything just fits together like a puzzle. And jazz and blues you feel the music and its hard to know the theory behind those genres. And I played stuff like The Bravery which made me more open to new styles. And I finally got my BEAUTY a Epiphone Les Paul Custom.

(NOW)-Summer Im still studying theory so I can be prepared for college. Learning to read music fluently rather than just up to the 5th fret. Working and Saving money for effects to open my creativity rather than limit myself. And Im still learning that damn Sweet picking technique so all in good time.
spoonfulofshred
...is all you need.
Join date: Feb 2006
102 IQ
#20
This thread should definately be stickied! I've read every post!

I started my music "career" in grade 7 band playing alto saxophone. Still love playing it, btw. I absolutely loved it for six years before I graduted. I took a year off after high school then figured the only thing I wanted to do was to pursue music. So I applied to college.

I didn't pick up a guitar until halfway through my first year, 7 years after first picking up the sax. My brother was the one who first got a guitar for Christmas but I took to it more than he did. I had a decent grasp of basic theory and that's really how I learned to play. "So this is the D minor scale," I would say to myself and pluck away. I studied the saxophone in college for 3 years (I switched to the baritone sax cuz if you know the difference, you'd want to, too) but really just dabbled in the guitar. I even played in a ska band for a bit. I eventually bought my own acoustic (a blue Art&Luthrie) and an Ibanez RG170 with a Fender 15watter. Both great guitars but still focusing more on the bari sax.

Near the end of three years, I was getting tired of going to school and not having any money so I opted to not continue. I got a job a EA Sports testing video games. I've been playing the same damn game for 40-60 hours a week for over two years! It does't matter what game it is, that is boooring! All this time, playing guitar while leaving the saxophone in the closet. I never had my own bari sax and the alto just didn't cut it anymore.

I joined UG a few months ago and since I spend most of my work day surfing this site , I realized that music was the only thing that I really enjoyed. I love reading the posts about what I don't know and attempting to help those who need it. So I dusted off the saxophone and I'm going back to school this September. I couldn't be more excited. I'll be a sax major (the only baritone sax major they've ever seen) and a guitar minor.

Now I'm 24 and I'm halfway through my degree to becoming a high school band teacher (or whereever else I may go). I know I still have so much to learn and welcome the challenge.
Remebol
Always Sleepy
Join date: Jun 2004
206 IQ
#21
yo if this does get stickyed, then i have a really good idea, this should be like a database where you can look some one up and read their history if enough responces are entered.
meow :3
Taco Wallace
Werewolf on Strat
Join date: May 2005
10 IQ
#22
Suppose I'll toss mine in here too.

I picked up a guitar for literally the first tim back in December 2003. Used to play alot of easy stuff, becasue I really had no idea what I was doing, almost started playing left handed, though I'm right handed, but I did'nt know how to hold the damn thing. I learned chording over the first year, spent hours each day breaking my hands in, memorizing chord structures. I first learned Johnny Cash tunes, and other country licks.

I got my first electric guitar, the same one I use now, a black Squire Stratocaster in June '04, but it just never fit in with me for whatever reason, so I shelved it, went back to acoustic exclusivley. It was around that time I discovered Robert Johnson, and in a nutshell that was the turning point from beginning guitar to the road I'm on now. Learning M.r Johnson was how I got ideas to structure guitar solos and a more kinder approach to blues music that could sound complex without having to be so difficult or meandering. A few months later, I played my first electric guitar solo through perfectly--Santana's Jingo.

By now, I've given up reading music completely and do everything by ear or tabs. Recently, I discovered Roy Buchanan, which just totally changed my technique and outlook on the capacity of the instument and what it can do. I've only been at it for two and a half years thus far, got a long way to go, and man....practice is the key. I've logged an average five hours a day with a guitar. As far as bands...uhh, nobody yet, mainly on the part that I frequently find myself constantly surrounded by idiots in my town whose music knowledge is as good as their manners (both are bad), but who knows....


whoo, that was fun....
Squire Strat
Line 6 30 Watt Amp
No effects, all evil....
Guitardude19
UG's Mad Scientist
Join date: Jan 2006
2,230 IQ
#23
Im 19 and have only been playing about two and a half years... But I ll tell a long story lol.

At age 5 my uncle buys his first guitar and I was in awe of the instrument. Watching him learning made me want to learn, I knew early on that I wanted to play guitar.

After two years of begging, my parents decide that I should learn an instrument- they enrolled me in a trombone class- I wasnt good at it so I gave up and begged for a guitar but was continually refused one. So, I went to my uncles place every other weekend and he showed me a few chords, some scales and a bit of theory.

A few years down the line, he leaves the country and I have no guitar, or someone to show me how to play. So I decide to scrimp and save. At 13, I begin making money by selling pirated CD's and scimming money of my drunk father. Finally I had £250! It took me a whole year! I picked the guitar I wanted, I was excited, my dream was close to coming true! But disaster struck!

I looked everywhere for my money! I was sure it was in my money box. I was certain as the sky is blue. I ask my mum if she has seen it. She sat down and braced herself. I knew what she was going to say. "Your dad took it and spent it on beer, wine and his car tax."

I stormed out of the house and didnt return for three days. I was angry. It took me a whole year to make enough money to fulfil my dream, and my dad snatched it away from me without even consulting me. I didnt let that lick me. I started again. By the time I turned 15, I had another £250 but my cat got very ill and needed an operation. I had to face a choice- I buy the guitar and let the cat be put down, or pay £250 for an operation to save its life. It didnt take me long to choose. I chose the cats life over the guitar and spent another year saving.

Finally I got a job! Within a week I had enough cash to buy me a guitar... But my dad came to my work place drunk as anything and got me fired on my second week, and forced me to hand over my wages since he needed it to "Renew his insurance." I just handed it over.

Then two after my seventeenth, my friend phones me and says "Dude, look have my acoustic until you can get an electric." I rushed round to his place and took the acoustic. It was a battered old thing with an action so high it would dwarf big ben and it was practically impossible to play any chord accurately. I was so happy, I went out and found a job, bought lots of chord books and scale books and started to learn. I saved enough to buy an electric guitar within two months. I was over the moon.

The first two months

With the battered old acoustic it was so hard to practice and I was so frustrated that I couldnt play cleanly. This gave me insentive to buy a better guitar, so I went out, got a job and bought it.

One year in

Within a year, I had learnt about 200 different chords and learnt Major and minor scales on all positions of the guitar. I didnt learn any songs, but taught myself tapping six months into playing.

The only problem I had was how much I practiced. My dad hated me learning the instrument, he hated it so much so he didnt want me to play it when he was at home. Many times, he would come into my room and say "Stop playing the guitar, it will get you no where. Its too loud I can hear it all the way downstairs." Even though the amp was off and I was playing through an unplugged guitar.

One year and three months in

Pissed off that I wasnt making progress I decided to take lessons. I had saved a few hundred quid from my job, and got had to quit because of exams and my dads paranoia that the sole reason I took a job was to "take over" his house and make him obsolete. As I started taking lessons, I was improving faster in three months than I had been in a whole year. Disaster struck when my dad went into a hissy fit about me wasting money on a "hobby that would get me no where in life." He forced me to quit lessons. I did "quit".... Well even now, two years on he still thinks I have "quit." I just go to lessons secretly, once a week every sunday. He is none the wiser and frankly, he can go jump.

One and a Half years in

I was good enough to play "lead" in some crappy band me and my friends threw together. We "gigged" once or twice a week for eight weeks solid before things went pear shaped. I had to stop lessons as money wasnt flowing so this "band" seemed a good thing to do. My dad was against it and I had to sneak out to play which really increased tension amongst the band as I was always late, sometimes so late we werent allowed to play (The drummer was majorly pissed off as you can imagine). It was a fun time drinking and getting laid, and playing drunk on stage at two out of three "gigs." Great times... Great times...

Two years in

The band broke up in the most spectacular way. I was so annoyed that I wasnt as good as I wanted to be, and pissed off that everyone else in the band were a bunch of stoners who couldnt hold a rhythm that on august 17th 2004 I decided to quit. A huge arguement erupted which resulted in me throwing a wah peddle at the bassist, missing, and hitting the drummer, who was so angry, he hit me... Which resulted in a brawl.

After that, I went back to teaching myself as I had no money for lessons, my dad was taking what money I had to fuel is alcoholism. I decided to learn as much theory as possible and decided I needed a job, but luck landed my way when my granddad gave me £1000 cash for uni. I set aside £250 for lessons and saved the rest. (My dad took the remaining £750 to repair his car and refuses to pay me back to this day).

From that day, all I have done is practice as much as I can. Now that I am on my summer holidays before uni starts, I have been putting in between 10 - 14 hours a day of practice (of which 3 hours is theory).

I start off with learning the fret board and visulising the notes on each strings. The I practice scales for two hours, increasing the speed on my metronone from 132 bpm to 152 bpm doing sixteenth notes. Then I do some sweep practice, learn chords, theory, tapping, revising techniques like hammers, bends etc and then I will learn a song note for note and maybe transcribe a few riffs/solos I like the sound of.

During the two and a half years I have been playing I have been majorly influeneced by my uncle, who made me first fall in love with guitar. He influenced me in the way of blues guitar, introduced me to Hendrix, Guns n Roses and Bon Jovi.

Currently, my heavist influence is Malmsteen, thanks to my guitar teacher.

If I was to give any advice it would be this:

"No matter what happens in your life, no matter what goals you want to achieve- You will only achieve them if you strive for it and ignore the crap around you and just go for it."

I dont listen to negative influences, I dont listen to people who say I wont make something of my life with guitar because I know deep down, I will become someone with it. I may not become famous, I may become a teacher, but atleast I will have fun trying to get somewhere.

Thanks for reading, hope I didnt bore anyone.
Sat in a lab, curing diseases. They actually LET me play with chemicals!
yawn
Be back later.
Join date: Sep 2005
2,701 IQ
#24
^ That's a beautiful story =) *tear*

I read the whole thing and I'm just inspired
Last edited by yawn at Jul 15, 2006,
FutureFame
Registered User
Join date: Jan 2005
277 IQ
#25
Quote by gpb0216
My mom says I was picking out tunes on the piano at around four or five. I took piano lessons for several years. My parents gave me a cheap acoustic guitar for Christmas in 1963 and I was off and running. Back then we had vinyl records and cheap turntables that spun at 33 1/3 and 16. My best buddy H.P. and I would listen to the Beatles at 16 rpm until we figured out what they were doing. I'm sure my mother thought we were retarded for listening to those records at half speed for hours on end. We learned the songs, though, and that's what mattered.

H.P. and I put together our first band when we were about 13, I guess. We were hot! I played an old Gibson Melody Maker and a Farfisa mini-compact organ through a Vox amp with one blown speaker. H.P. played bass, Darryl played rhythm guitar, and the little squirt across the street turned out to be a really good drummer.

One freebie gig after another turned into some paying gigs at just about the time we were old enough to drive, which was a good thing because my mom was sick of being the band taxi.

We stayed together through high school. After graduation I played in bar bands while at the University of Georgia in Athens and all over Atlanta.

When my long-time girlfriend dumped me in 1975 I joined the Navy as an electronics technician. I saw an ad in the base newspaper saying the Navy music program was looking for guitarists. I auditioned, was accepted and graduated from the Armed Forces School of Music as the top musician in my class in August, 1976.

The Navy sent me to the fleet where I played lead guitar with the Atlantic Fleet Rock Band. We toured all over the eastern U.S., the Caribbean and Europe. I mustered out at the end of my enlistment in 1980.

After the Navy I went to college on the G.I. Bill, pursuing a degree in piano performance.

Now, at 53, I teach guitar and piano privately in Madison, a suburb of Huntsville, Alabama. If you're ever in or near Huntsville look me up (G. Patrick Bryant) and we'll have a beer and play some guitar.

Thanks for reading a geezer's story.

All the best,
gpb

p.s. - here's my guitar. I play through a Marshall DSL 401 driving an ancient (I mean really old) Fender cab. It sounds good to me.



Great story, man.
Gear:
Custom Dean Avalanche
Fender Squire Stratocaster
Squire 22 W Amp.
Line 6 Spider II 112 75 W
axe_grinder247
UG's Shredder in Training
Join date: Jan 2006
198 IQ
#26
Quote by gpb0216
My mom says I was picking out tunes on the piano at around four or five. I took piano lessons for several years. My parents gave me a cheap acoustic guitar for Christmas in 1963 and I was off and running. Back then we had vinyl records and cheap turntables that spun at 33 1/3 and 16. My best buddy H.P. and I would listen to the Beatles at 16 rpm until we figured out what they were doing. I'm sure my mother thought we were retarded for listening to those records at half speed for hours on end. We learned the songs, though, and that's what mattered.

H.P. and I put together our first band when we were about 13, I guess. We were hot! I played an old Gibson Melody Maker and a Farfisa mini-compact organ through a Vox amp with one blown speaker. H.P. played bass, Darryl played rhythm guitar, and the little squirt across the street turned out to be a really good drummer.

One freebie gig after another turned into some paying gigs at just about the time we were old enough to drive, which was a good thing because my mom was sick of being the band taxi.

We stayed together through high school. After graduation I played in bar bands while at the University of Georgia in Athens and all over Atlanta.

When my long-time girlfriend dumped me in 1975 I joined the Navy as an electronics technician. I saw an ad in the base newspaper saying the Navy music program was looking for guitarists. I auditioned, was accepted and graduated from the Armed Forces School of Music as the top musician in my class in August, 1976.

The Navy sent me to the fleet where I played lead guitar with the Atlantic Fleet Rock Band. We toured all over the eastern U.S., the Caribbean and Europe. I mustered out at the end of my enlistment in 1980.

After the Navy I went to college on the G.I. Bill, pursuing a degree in piano performance.

Now, at 53, I teach guitar and piano privately in Madison, a suburb of Huntsville, Alabama. If you're ever in or near Huntsville look me up (G. Patrick Bryant) and we'll have a beer and play some guitar.

Thanks for reading a geezer's story.

All the best,
gpb

p.s. - here's my guitar. I play through a Marshall DSL 401 driving an ancient (I mean really old) Fender cab. It sounds good to me.


this story never ceases to inspire and amaze me, and your lesson site is the best i've ever seen
Quote by BigFatSandwich
it took you 15 consecutive hours of practice to realize that playing guitar makes you better at playing guitar. congratulations.


Quote by Sharp_as_steel
Axe_grinder pwns!!!!



Member #2 of the "Official UG Teabaggers' Cult". PM Slayer224 to join.
Glen'sHeroicAct
Ω
Join date: May 2006
2,087 IQ
#27
im about 7 years old. me and a friend of mine are obsessed with acting out stupid stuff in front of a camera for our entertainment. we decide to drag out my dad's acoustic guitars and play absolutely nothing, just strumming crap. but it gets me to thinking i might want to actually know how to play something. my dad jumps on the idea.

my dad buys me a little classical guitar a year later. after a long time of strumming the same old open chords that i know, i still know nothing more than the riff to smoke on the water.

christmas rolls around, and my dad decides to get me a yamaha electric guitar. im excited, but when he asks me to play something, all i know is smoke on the water.
i play afew stupid songs that i only know the progressions to for afew years. my friend cody then calls me up to go see school of rock at the theatre. i agree, and as we are walking out of the theatre after the movie, i say these words.."dude, im totally going to learn to play guitar again" i go home, RElearn all the open chords, my dad shows me the e and a bar chords, and i work on them, but cannot move up the neck really fast with the e bar chord, and cant even get the a one to not buzz. my dad says we should get me some lessons, so i will be able to play lead guitar.

for the next year or so, guess what. even with all my new found motivation, i still can only play smoke on the water. i continue to complain to my dad that im not learning anything because i havent gotten lessons, and that all the bands i want to play songs of are way too good for me.

later, im about 14, my dad FINALLY decides to look for lessons. he goes and talks to two different people in town. one guy, a good musician, has a bad lesson plan, according to my dad. my dad decides to go with the other guy, and who i think today is the better choice, his old friend who helped us build our house, Jim. Jim owns a guitar shop downtown. hes really cool, hes got the rocker hair and everything, and he likes to tell really bad jokes to lighten the mood of things. some of them are good, but i only like stupid humor, so i never laugh, but i always smile at his attempts to entertain me.

i take lessons for about a year and then i stumble across this site. man. combined with my lessons, this site is a massive explosion of learning energy. my guitar playing has probably increased 2 fold, no, 3, no. 4! 4 fold! in the last few months.

now fifteen, this friend of mine Drew invites me over to his house with some other guys, and i play around with his guitars. we discuss going over to this other guys house and recording, but seeing as me and Drew arent like tight friends, he never kept me informed, and i didnt go. later on the bus that year, he asks me if i wanna come over to his friend's house to jam, maybe record something, and i say sure, but once again it falls apart. to this day, i hope to get something together, seeing as i am at a loss for musicians to play with. i sit alone, every day, playing my guitar, learning, in total solitude. i still cant play the songs of the band that enspired me to play guitar, but since i started, ive had many more bands that i like, and im able to play their songs. i doubt ill ever get a band together, ill just sit alone each night, playing by myself.

and if you listen really quietly at night, you just might hear the picking of my guitar. because thats all i do now. play guitar. can you hear the song? yes. here it is now. listen. shh.

||-7-----7-----7-----|-7-----5-----3-----|-3-----2-----0-----|
||---0-----0-----0---|---0-----0-----0---|---0-----0-----0---|
||-----0-----0-----0-|-----0-----0-----0-|-----0-----0-----0-|
||-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
||-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
||-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|

|-0-----3-----7-----|-12----12----12----|-12----10----8-----|
|---0-----0-----0---|---0-----0-----0---|---0-----0-----0---|
|-----0-----0-----0-|-----0-----0-----0-|-----0-----0-----0-|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|

|-8-----7-----5-----|-5-----7-----8-----|-7-----8-----7-----|
|---5-----5-----5---|---5-----5-----5---|---7-----7-----8---|
|-----5-----5-----5-|-----5-----5-----5-|-----8-----8-----7-|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-7-----------------|

|-11----8-----7-----|-7-----5-----3-----|-3-----2-----0-----|
|---7-----7-----7---|---0-----0-----0---|---0-----0-----0---|
|-----7-----7-----7-|-----0-----0-----0-|-----0-----0-----0-|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-7-----------------|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|

|-2-----2-----2-----|-2-----3-----2-----|-0-----0-----0-----|-0--------------|
|---1-----1-----1---|---0-----0-----0---|---0-----0-----0---|-0--------------|
|-----2-----2-----2-|-----2-----2-----2-|-----0-----0-----0-|-0--------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-2-----------------|----------------|
|-0-----------------|-2-----------------|-------2-----------|----------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------3-----|-0--------------|
AtrumArx
Registered User
Join date: May 2006
157 IQ
#28
Well, pretty much here it goes:

I started playing guitar when I was in 5th grade. I played a cheap Washburn for a few months and took some lessons, but it just didn't work out. So I pretty much quit guitar for about another 6 months. Then I decided to give the bass guitar a go. I played bass for about 3 years and I still play it to this day, but now I currently play guitar and I've been told that it seems like I've been playing longer than I actually have. I play for hours every day and have progressed really good so far and I hope to get into music as a career type thing. I'm 15 now, going on 16 and I'm starting a project with a friend of mine that we will do just to get the hang of things like being in a real band and what not.
Taco Wallace
Werewolf on Strat
Join date: May 2005
10 IQ
#29
Quote by Guitardude19
Im 19 and have only been playing about two and a half years... But I ll tell a long story lol.

At age 5 my uncle buys his first guitar and I was in awe of the instrument. Watching him learning made me want to learn, I knew early on that I wanted to play guitar.

After two years of begging, my parents decide that I should learn an instrument- they enrolled me in a trombone class- I wasnt good at it so I gave up and begged for a guitar but was continually refused one. So, I went to my uncles place every other weekend and he showed me a few chords, some scales and a bit of theory.

A few years down the line, he leaves the country and I have no guitar, or someone to show me how to play. So I decide to scrimp and save. At 13, I begin making money by selling pirated CD's and scimming money of my drunk father. Finally I had £250! It took me a whole year! I picked the guitar I wanted, I was excited, my dream was close to coming true! But disaster struck!.......

......Thanks for reading, hope I didnt bore anyone.


Oh man, that was sad!!! Dude, you got all my condolences, that was hard. Man, I don't think you bored anyone, dang near made my mom cry!
Squire Strat
Line 6 30 Watt Amp
No effects, all evil....
Glen'sHeroicAct
Ω
Join date: May 2006
2,087 IQ
#30
yes, that was quite the story... it would make a great beginning to the biography of a famous musician.
Bodomizer
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2006
244 IQ
#31
crap! i just wrote a huuuuge biography and when i went to post it, it said that i wasn't logged in! and it deleted it. Ok, i'll put a much shorter one now.

Got guitar when i was 12, didn't play much, but learned the basics.

October 05
Got into Metal, got lessons, fell in love with music, play 3-4 hours a night.

Now I just turned 15 and just bought my new guitar. Ibanez RG1570. I love it and I'll never quit playing.

That was very vague, but i'm really pissed. lol
systofadwnskat7
soad bassist
Join date: Jul 2006
43 IQ
#32
well i play bass but close enough

year 1 - i started really getting into music when i was around 14 and i watched my friend play guitar and my uncle play professionally. i picked up a guitar whenever there was one there learned the easiest stuff ever like smoke on the water and 7 nation army.
year 2 - i was listening to really heavy stuff and loved really low sounds. like stuff tht would blow out speakers like mega fast. i liked guitar and drums but wanted to play bass for so long. i read tabs and music as much as possible but never had the money for a bass. id play bass parts on guitars and bass beats on drums.
year 3 - on my 16th birthday i finally. FINALLY!! got a bass and havent stopped playing it since. i kept learning scales and music notation and chords (even though u dont really se them on bass) and learned fun stuff and hard stuff. and i love playing still.
Remebol
Always Sleepy
Join date: Jun 2004
206 IQ
#33
these storys are great. I never had the difficulty in getting the money for my first guitar since i was so excited about joining my friends band which evidently didnt exist, and i had no hobbys other then just play vidoe games all day, my mom thought it would be a great idea to get me involved in something other then the computer.
meow :3
Glen'sHeroicAct
Ω
Join date: May 2006
2,087 IQ
#34
this thread should definately be stickied... its a great thread. i can see tons of people coming here. its almost like a totally cooler version of the beginner say hi to everyone thread. except its intertaining to read. im looking at you, redwing, and other mods! take credit for stickying this site while you can!
ace man
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2006
377 IQ
#35
OK, here's mine:

started hammering on the piano before I could walk, I started taking proper lessons when i was 4. age 14 got into drums, joined a highschool band and won the 2002 battle of the bands (mainly due to my kick ass drum solos) and at age 15 i bought a guitar and started playing that. age 16 wrote my first song, 'gonna get rockin' tonight' on piano, with the inspiration being a party i went to where everyone got drunk, including the band, and started goin' for it on the floor. age 17 i picked up a bass for the first time and started playing in a pub band. I currently write songs and play in a semi-serious Uni band called the meteors with me on rhythm guitar or drums (depending on whether the drummer turns up). Now 18 and continuing to kick the asses of every other musician i encounter.
I gave rock n' roll to you

Anti-thayer
sandwich_man
UG's raver
Join date: Aug 2005
1,168 IQ
#36
Got an uncle who lives up in London. One of my earliest memories is when I was about two, we're all sitting round his big dining table and he's playing some Beatles stuff and we're all singing along, including me who could hardly talk and obviously didn't know the words... but enjoying myself nevertheless.

Fast forward - I was about five and my dad is really into Eric Clapton. We stay up really late in the night listening to his Unpugged album, and I don't know what this type of music it is that I'm hearing, but I do know that it's much deper and better than any of the crappy mid-nineties boy bands that were so popular then.

When I was about eleven, I was staying in my uncle's place up in London again, and got really curious about his acoustic guitar. I asked if he'd tell me more about it, and he wrote down some chord diagrams and I practiced like hell for the rest of the time I stayed there. By the time I had to go back up to Liverpool, my left fingertips were raw as hell, but I knew some chords! Great. Had to go home to a guitar-free area though, but half a year later my parents got me a Fender acoustic guitar which I still regularly play and love to this day. Learned my first song... Yellow Submarine! I was dead chuffed. Learned my first riff too, Day Tripper, also by the Beatles. Continued learning, got quite good. Mwahaha.

Sumer of 2004, my great dad took me down to the guitar shop once again and out of the blue, got me my first electric guitar, a Squier Strat. I don't care what anybody says, Squiers are GOOD learning guitars! Got to learning some bluesy stuff, like Peter Green. by that time I also had a go at tackling that great album from when I was five, Eric Clapton Unplugged. With the help of this f*cking great site (www.12bar.de), I learned EVERY SONG on that album. Pretty damn proud of myself too.

Cut forward to last October, I got a secondhand Marshall Blues Overdrive pedal for my Squier, and now my rig sounds f*cking boss. Now I'm jamming along to the likes of Cream, SRV, Eric, Jimi Hendrix... etc. Joined a band last January but that fell apart because I was too technically proficient. In other words, I was too good, but we're getting together again. We're called the Magic Peas, and we blend numerous styles - reggae, 70's punk, classic rock, blues rock, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, traditional Guyanan folk - to create a sound that is not only bizarre, it's f*cking bizarre.

Well that's it, sorry I couldn't give a heart-warming tale of how I was brought up in the forests of Siberia by wolves who taught me how to play the balalaika until I was good enough to play in a local band of pirates who were constantly at war with vicious hungry hungry hippos, then I was kidnapped by said hungry hungry hippos and taken to a secret undersea cave in the plains of Idaho where I was held hostage for forty days and forty nights and forced to entertain my captors with renditions of "Message In A Bottle" by Sting and the Police played on the balalaika, until I was heard by a passing gang of rich Texans who hired me as the next biggest thing and forced me to work nights in jazz clubs for six shillings and tuppence a night where I eventually got recognised and granted airplay on the regional radio station where I went down a storm and got a record deal with Epic and became an overnight millionaire and used the money to buy huge amounts of Cillit Bang and airlift it over to Africa in order to rid the Third World of dirty pennies.

I'm sorry.
Psycho Killer,
Qu'est-ce que c'est?
Fa fa fa faa fa fa fa fa-fa faa


Quote by Paul Brannigan
Pie is like bread, but just with more pie in it
frigginjerk
UG's Friggin' Jerk
Join date: Dec 2002
1,160 IQ
#37
I never played as a kid. Never took an interest in music beyond what was playing at home (usually Van Morrison, motown oldies, etc...), or what was on MuchMusic. I was like that right through to the end of grade 12. I graudated in 2001, so at the time, I was into blink-182 and eminem predominantly.

Then on my second day of University (9/11/2001), the world went crazy. The twin towers fell before I even got to school that day, and nobody went to class. I made my way over to the Residence buildings, and chilled with a friend I knew in high school. His roomate was also from my high school, but I regarded him as a major dweeb. However, they had this old Fender Strat (a mexican one, I now know) in their room, and the dweeby kid picked it up.

He started busting out Thunderstruck, Purple Haze and Crazy Train. My jaw dropped and a little light went on in my head. If this kid can do it, I can do it. I got home that day and grabbed one of the three acoustic guitars that my dad owned, and started learning riffs. I believe my first riff was 'Dammit' by blink-182.

I fiddled around intermittently until Christmas, when my folks got me my first electric guitar and amp: a Peavy Raptor with a Rage158 amp. The amp would have served better as a boat anchor, and the guitar as a paddle. But they got me started. By the end of my first year of university, I had discovered Led Zeppelin, and the joys of melodic expression, and was finally on my way to developing my own style. In July of that year, I bought a Tom Delonge strat and a Roland Cube 30 amp, and started a band with my brother (on bass) and our friend Jimmy on drums. We jammed Chili Peppers and Audioslave songs, and tried writing our own stuff.

Naturally, we weren't the greatest band at first, but we always had character. Over the next year two years, we evolved big time, both as a band and as musicians. After two band names (we settled with Duke Irrational), three singers, and four rehersal spaces, I finally had a good band in which I could start rapidly improving my style and technique. In this time, I also discovered Ultimate-Guitar.com, started hanging out with seriously good musicians, began experimenting with altered tunings, and was also smoking pot regularly, which (for me anyways) changed the way I thought about a lot of things in music, and definitely was an influence on my development as a guitarist.

So now, at four and a half years, here's my situation:

I play in a really cool and diverse band, with whom I have built a private studio / rehearsal room, in which we are currently recording a full length album. I am also contributing guitar tracks to a local singer-songwriter lady's new album. I practice about three or four hours a day (and have ever since I started) and I regularly surprise people with my abilities. My style has been described as very expressive, fluid, and rhythmically interesting. In terms of genre, you'd call it rock, but I embrace things like funk, folk, metal, hard rock, progressive rock, etc... We describe our band as Led Zeppelin + Red Hot Chili Peppers + Stone Temple Pilots = Duke Irrational.

I play an Epiphone Les Paul Standard, upgraded with gold-plated Gibson '57 humbuckers, through a Marshall DSL50 head and a 2X12 marshall cab. I also have an Epiphone G-400 (SG) that i keep in open G tuning, and I finally obtained that old strat that inspired me to start playing. I've got a Jimi Hendrix wah, a BOSS chorus pedal and a Line6 Echo Pedal (it kicks ass, btw) At home, I play a Vox Brian May special amp. .09 guage strings on the Paul, .10's on the SG. Dunlop tortex 1.00mm or Gator Grip 1.14mm.

That's about the size of it.
Last edited by frigginjerk at Jul 16, 2006,
Remebol
Always Sleepy
Join date: Jun 2004
206 IQ
#38
yo these are some hot storys. Its interesting as hell to learn how different people picked up guitar and learned.
meow :3
mikeman
Registered User
Join date: Nov 2004
1,975 IQ
#40
I started learning on a god-knows-how old acoustic 3 years ago, and knowing nothing about how to play, and no one to teach me, I bought a book.

My mom got me into zeppelin and classic rock stuff, a typical hippie.

Got a fender starter pack in 7th grade, and joined the jazz band.

Started progressing like a mad man, and had my first encounter with music theory.

Went nuts with music theory, and had a basic understanding of it by the end of 7th grade.

Also in 7th grade, I got into Vai. He was the first real dude of his genre I got into. Then I had the oportunity of a lifetime. A vai concert. About a year and a half ago, I went to see Vai, and his extreme virtuosity made me rethink playing the guitar. I had to play guitar for the rest of my life.

In 8th grade, I continued in the school Jazz band, did many concerts, went to Monterey CA, and did 3 solos in front of 2000 people at Disneyland, my biggest gig to date.

Got a new electric, a shecter c-1 classic, as well as various gear.

Got into way more guitarists and a few months ago, went to a satch concert. Motivation improved seeing Eric Johnson bust out cliffs of dover 10 feet away from me. I was truly inspired.

My playing continues to improve, and probably my greatest accomplishment is after 3 years, never quitting. I'm going to play forever.